Well known as being one of the most popular travel destinations thanks to its spectacular natural landscape, Bali stands out as being the most photogenic island in the world. As a result, it gathers the most liked Instagram spots on the social media. In this article we’ve listed 28 spots that you should know to capture breath-taking pictures ready to be shared on your Instagram feed.
Whether you’re a professional photographer, a content creator or just a lover of beautiful pictures, you don’t need to have the latest technology. Rely on the gems that Bali has to offer to make your travel pictures memorable.
With over 67 million results for the #Bali on Instagram, whether it’s for its terraced rice fields, waterfalls, or heavenly beaches, you’ll find in this article the most searched spots and hidden gems of the island to immortalize your memories in the best possible way.
Best Instagram spots by region :
Best Instagram spots in the North Bali :
Handara Golf & Resort Bali Gates
I guess you’ve probably already seen these pictures at the Lempuyang temple (aka ‘Gate of Heaven’), of a symmetric structure creating a gate effect. Well, Handara Golf & Resort Bali Gates is an alternative of this trendy spot. At the entrance, you will find high pointed gates giving you the same photo composition which is so symbolic of Bali. Plan to be there early in the morning as it remains a popular spot for anyone wanting their Instagram photo in this setting.
Known under either of these two names, it is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Bali. From the top of the three waterfalls or down towards them, you can take impressive shots and cool off in the pools naturally carved by the erosion of the rock.
The most interesting way to get there is by crossing the sublime (and unknown!) rice terraces of Grombong, accompanied by one of our local guides living there. A memorable and particularly photogenic experience.
With an altitude of 1717 meters, the Batur Mount is still an active volcano. Popular with nature lovers and adventurers, it has become a must-see stop. After a night hike of about two hours, you will be rewarded when reaching the top and can finally catch the sunrise. Even if there is a cloudy weather, the light projected at this time of the morning will give a unique look to your picture.
Jatiluwih rice terraces
Bali is above all known for its landscapes filled with rice paddy fields. Different spots are to be visited on the island and including those of Jatiluwih in the North. Less known than Tegallalang, they are just as dazzling in their beauty and authenticity.
More widespread and offering a wide range of colours, from emerald to ochre depending on the season, they will give you the opportunity to take pictures of its magnificent landscapes in complete tranquillity. You can even take a walk in the rice fields along the paths provided for this purpose.
Tamblingan, Buyan and Bratan lakes
One of the other possible stops to make in northern Bali is one of these three lakes. Located next to each other, they offer views that are worth a visit.
On the shores of the Bratan Lake, you will find the Ulun Danu Bratan Temple. You will be enchanted by its spectacular surroundings. Built on the shores of the lake, the site will please photographer, and especially when the lake level is high enough to give it a floating appearance.
To access to a viewpoint on the Buyan Lake, we recommend you Puncak Wanagiri Point which also represents a great photo spot. There is a swing and some bird nests overlooking the lake below.
Almost 60 meters high, and with an easier access than Sekumpul if you are short in time, the GitGit Waterfall is a remarkable spot. Surrounded by rice fields, and in the middle of the jungle, it is the perfect place to relax and take a picture on one of the surrounding rocks.
Best Instagram spots in East Bali :
Tirta Gangga Water Palace
A must-see on any trip to Bali, the Tirta Gangga Water Palace is a unique and enchanting place. Stroll around its three carp-filled pools, pose in front of its lotus flowers, or stroll on its ‘almost floating’ platforms. This place should really inspire you as a photographer!
Also known as the Gates of Heaven, Lempuyang Temple is one of the oldest temples in Bali. It has become THE must-see Instagram spot for its photo of the gates overlooking the Agung volcano, and is now a household name, attracting many travellers.
Patience and efficiency will be required if you want to have your photo at the Gates of Heaven... But once the shot done you won’t be disappointed!
Probably one of the most beautiful beaches in Bali, Virgin Beach will make you realize once again the beauty of this island. White sand and turquoise blue water, a haven of peace where you can practice your photographic creativity while snorkelling among the fish!
Located not so far on the North from Lempuyang, and even if quite difficult to access, this spot is the place to go if you’re looking for breath-taking views. With its 360° panorama, come enjoying taking pictures on a wooden platform, a swing and other small installation overlooking Agung Mount to the West and the sea to the East! For those of you who are sensitive to heights, these may give you a few thrills!
Black Sand Beach
If you are looking for an unusual and little visited beach, you will be delighted to discover this black sand beach. The contrast between the black sand and the turquoise sea is sure to give your photo an unusual character! However, you should know that the access is still rudimentary...
For now, less known than the other previous waterfalls, you will discover with those of Gembleng natural jacuzzis and swimming pools with an outstanding landscape on the luxuriant Balinese jungle.
Best Instagram spots in Ubud’s region :
Tlaga Singha wellness center
With its impressive architecture and infinity pools overlooking the lush nature of Bali, Tlaga Singha is the perfect place to spend a relaxing day. Indeed, this wellness center has everything to welcome you. It offers floating breakfasts on its pools, access to a spa and massage services, a bar and catering area... all in a bewitching and Instagramable setting!
Located close the Sukawati city, you can easily access the center thanks to the services of a private driver.
Tegallalang rice terraces
Without any doubt one of the most popular and published sites on Instagram. Tegallalang is THE place to be in Ubud’s region. These rice fields are specially designed for walking. You can take advantage of this opportunity to capture shots of the island’s unique and iconic landscapes.
As another spot to take pictures of the landscape, you can find panoramic swings and other touristic attractions around the site.
Kanto Lampo Waterfall
Currently one of the most popular waterfalls, Kanto Lampo is known for its staircase rock formation. You cannot miss it if you are a fan of remarkable places to shoot.
Take yourself your picture or ask a local who will be pleased to show you his photography talents. Take a seat on one of the rocks and immortalize your moment with the water flowing in your back.
Tukad Cepung Waterfall
Nestled in an open sky cave, Tukad Cepung owns a unique fairy-tale environment. The effect is characterized and amplified by the sun’s rays passing through the heart of the cave. It is definitely a hidden jewel on the island and an opportunity to take sumptuous pictures.
Impressive and with twenty meters high, this waterfall is part of the most popular on the island to both the local population and travellers. The spot also gives you the possibility of bathe and you can admire the beauty of the site from the especially designed viewpoint overlooking the waterfall.
The Monkey Forest
Inhabited by more than 600 monkeys who give this place an unusual atmosphere full of life, you will be in the heart of the monkey’s habitat and in contact with them once you enter the Monkey Forest. The intimate paths to cross in the middle of the forest will make a perfect stop for a photo.
Please, be careful and respectful with the monkeys, even though they are used to visitors they remain wild animals…
Small and untouristy, this waterfall is the perfect place to refresh yourself from the humid heat of Bali. For thrill-seekers, the water is up to 7 metres deep and allows you to jump from the waterfall (but make sure it is feasible once you’re on site). The paths to the waterfall are as beautiful as the waterfall itself, making it a perfect photo stop in the middle of the lush nature.
Best Instagram spots in South Bali :
Sunset lovers, this beach is for you! It offers a paradisiac setting and is well frequented by surfers. Several restaurants are available so you can enjoy tasting fresh grilled fish on the beach. This enchanting and romantic setting must be added to your Instagram Bali bucket list!
Tanah Lot, meaning ‘earth’ and ‘sea’ is nestled high up a rock and beaten by the waves of the surrounding Indian Ocean. As well as being an important place of pilgrimage, it is also a popular location for photographers and travellers. You will need to step away from the temple and stand on the surrounding cliffs to get a great view of this wonder with the impressive waves in the background.
Kuta Beach Gate
This beach is the perfect place to admire and shoot the wonderful sunset. At the entry of the beach you will find, as in Lempuyang and Handara golf these famous high pointed gates. If you step back and are there at the right time for the sunset, this spot will surely give you a perfect photo.
Hidden behind rocks, this beach is unique and is one of the most famous spots to surf in Bali. Even if you’re not one of these surfers outwitting the waves, the place is worth to visit. You won’t miss the opportunity to capture the rays of light coming through the rock to reach the beach.
As for Suluban, this beach is a well-known spot to surf. The place will appeal you by its white sand and turquoise water. Get some height and find the perfect angle to capture the view that gives this beach its identity.
Best Instagram in Nusa Penida :
Crystal Bay beach
If you come to Nusa Penida Island, you should for sure come to this beach, which bears its name. Indeed, the water is clear, and you will enjoy swimming in.
Beware of the waves though, as they can sometimes surprise you and be more suitable for surfers than swimmers. It’s also an Instagramable spot to watch the sunset.
The most famous and popular viewpoint on Instagram. Overlooking the cliffs in union with the Bali Sea, the beauty of this site will leave you breathless. The photo speaks for itself.
Best Instagram spots in Nusa Lembongan :
This site is a great natural attraction in Nusa Lembongan. Once on site, you will have the chance to observe a unique and impressive phenomenon. The steep rock formations cause the waves to crash violently, resulting in a gush of water mist. Get your camera ready and capture the ‘Devil’s Tear’.
Connecting the two islands of Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan, this narrow yellow bridge has been renamed the Love Bridge. Take this as a sign to photograph yourself with your travel partner or just the bridge itself which gives a nice perspective in photos.